In a counterclockwise direction: From the parking area take a right back along Sagamore Road, you will have to walk this first 0.2 miles to the trail. The trail will be on the left; this is where you can put on your skis. From here the trail is very flat and quickly passes through an open field, the trail continues on the right of the field. The trail remains fairly flat and passes by some nice spots to look out over the lake. The trail meanders through the forest and soon comes to a bridge over East Inlet. On the opposite side the trail continues to be flat but soon comes to a mellow climb to the height-of-land. A nice mellow downhill is on the opposite side that will bring you down a bit closer to the lake. Eventually you will be somewhat lakeside with some nice views from a small overlook; remove your skis to approach the overlook. From here the trail will quickly kick you out onto a road. You will have to remove your skis here to protect them. Take a right and the then a left onto Sagamore Road. Cross the bridge and the parking area will be on the right.
Elevation Gain/Loss to Destination:
30-50 Feet of elevation difference
Distance Round Trip:
3.9 miles Loop
Approximate Time Round Trip:
Families with Kids: 3 to 4 hours
Experienced Skiers: 1.5 to 2 hours
Beginner Skiers: 2 to 3 hours
From the intersection of Route 28 and Sagamore Road in Raquette Lake follow Sagamore Road. Continue to the camp on the left, parking will be on the right.
Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest
Two: mainly due to distance and not terrain
Additional Important Information:
This is a loop, if you find that the conditions are not favorable, you can always shorten the outing. The bridge at East Inlet is an excellent turning around point if you so desire.
Skiing over a frozen body of water is a cross-country skiing past time; it can access you to areas not seen by most in the summer. With that being said it is a dangerous activity to cross frozen water bodies and should be done with care and respect for your environment. Know the ice conditions and be prepared for anything including heavy winds, snow drifts, whiteouts, slushy conditions, and thin ice.